December 28, 2011 @ 10:12 PM

 

 

Unlike when I was growing up, dining out has become the norm these days, which can easily result in eating more calories from foods that are less healthy.  Whether it’s a quick lunch on-the-go or a sit-down dinner at a restaurant, it’s useful to know how to choose the healthiest meal options available.  Follow these tips to make dining out a healthy experience every time.

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Avoid These Words: Instead Choose Foods That Are:

Battered, batter-dipped, tempura, crispy, fried, sautéed, and buttered.

These words all mean fried foods that are loaded with saturated and possibly trans fats.

Grilled, baked, steamed, ...

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December 21, 2011 @ 10:09 PM

 

Let’s start off with a few facts.  According to the Aspartame Information Center website, aspartame, an artificial sweetener 200 times sweeter than table sugar, is found in more than 6,000 products - the most well-known being diet soda. This translates into a multi-million dollar industry.  Second, the safety of aspartame has been affirmed by the U.S. FDA 26 times since it was approved in 1981; however the debate over its safety or lack thereof, is still underway - even today 30 years later!  This raises two important questions: 

  1. Why is this food additive still being strongly contested despite the FDA’s approval?    
  2. How bad must it be to warrant such attention and create such ...
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December 14, 2011 @ 4:10 PM

 

Thanks to globalization, the food industry has created a breakfast culture of its own; cereals, cream cheese bagels and orange juice, coffee and donuts! I’m sure if you asked your great grand-parents what they used to eat for breakfast, it wouldn’t be a bowl of multi-colored o-shaped loops or fried dough-balls dipped in sugar.  Have you ever wondered how that came to be?  Well to sum it up nicely, breakfast foods became corporate foods and very successful marketing is the name of the game my friends.

Cereal

The majority of cereals today are nothing more than highly processed sugar-laden grains with a pinch of added vitamins.  Don’t be fooled by health claims on the front of the box...

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December 7, 2011 @ 3:20 PM

Have you ever read the following ingredients on a food label before - maltodextrin, ascorbic acid, xanthan gum, lecithin, caramel color, monosodium glutamate, and mono-, di-, and triglycerides?  Ever wondered what they are? 

Today’s supermarkets are filled with aisles upon aisles of food-products.  It seems like they contain a huge variety of food, but in reality, if you take a closer look and read the ingredients listed in these products, you’ll notice that they are mostly made up of one common ingredient – corn!  Yes, corn.  How can this be?

Through dry and wet milling, corn can be broken down into simple sugar molecules, which are then derived into hundreds of food ingredients; ...

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